The last thing on the minds of most Jews preparing for the intense days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, is security.
But with a Jewish population of 600,000, Los Angeles will see large concentrations of Jews at any of the city's 140 synagogues, and the LAPD together with the regional Anti Defamation League, are taking precautions against hate crimes, and asking rabbis and area synagogues to do the same, reports an article in the Daily News.
“We just know that there have always been cycles of vulnerability to the Jewish people and that we must remain vigilant," said Amanda Susskind, regional director for the ADL.
Some 100 representatives from synagogues in L.A. participated in a workshop in conjunction with the police, aimed at raising awareness and briefing the representatives about security measures.
Ultimately, the workshop drove home the point that each synagogue and community participate in their own security needs.